- That Australia’s entire cultural identity was installed by the British.
- That people immigrating to Australia from other cultures are seeking to systemically destroy that.
- That blocking immigration from certain countries is bad, but;
- That immigrants moving to Australia should know to either assimilate or don’t bother coming. And finally;
- That brown people can be racist too, actually.
“These values are not necessarily shared by those who come to Australia. Certain Armenians accuse Turkey of genocide but want to suppress its response; Greeks can have issues with Turks and Macedonians; Indians can be racist when it comes to West Indian cricketers but are sensitive to the same speech themselves; those from Arabic and Lebanese Muslim cultures can hold abhorrent views about women and gays and resolve matters of feelings and honour through violence; and many Jews want to suppress Holocaust denialism.”
“…in making or publishing:
(i) a fair and accurate report of any event or matter of public interest; or
(ii) a fair comment on any event or matter of public interest if the comment is an expression of a genuine belief held by the person making the comment.”
That’s the clause that prevents people who openly oppose same sex marriage from getting hauled into court, for example. 18C is not a rogue, tearaway law that makes your extremely clueless mate not self-censoring the N-word while rapping along to NWA in his car illegal. It is a thoughtful, considered piece of legislation that has its own checks and balances. Amending it in the way that bloviating white conservative men would like to does nothing but provide unwitting legal protection for unthinking nutjobs fucked up on energy drink to shout racial abuse at pedestrians from their car and drive off. Worse still, it gives rise to people on public platforms to spout outrageous broad slurs in the media under the protection of it not being directed harassment of any individual.
“With one side of politics already in full retreat, it is vital the other side steps up to protect those values before it is too late.”
Now that we couldn’t agree with more.